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The influence of popular culture, media and aggressive marketing of consumer goods all enter the school arena to compete with the more formal aspects of being at school and contribute to the creation of a unique school culture. It is essential to unpack and unravel the rich and engaged world of student culture as it is constructed in school life. Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India attempts to understand meaning and meaning-making in school processes in India as active aspects of a vibrant school culture. We are reminded that students, in any kind of school, are engaged participants in schooling processes.

The significance of autobiographical experience in both writing school ethnographies and understanding school life cannot be overemphasised. This volume seeks to also understand this significant aspect of constructing school worlds.

School Experience: An Autobiographical Approach*
School experience: An autobiographical approach
MeenakshiThapan
Autobiography, Autoethnography and Schooling

Remembering our schools and our experience at these institutions lies in the buried past of our childhood memories that we seek to uncover only in our thoughts or with friends and family. Sometimes, it becomes important to write about them, to share them with others, to help understand childhood and our experience of schooling and all that it does to shape us as individuals and social beings. Bourdieu has referred to the genre of autobiography as ‘conventional and illusory’ and prefers the term ‘self-socioanalysis’ for writing about his engagement with the world as a social scientist (2008: 1).1 To avoid slipping into nostalgia, maudlin memory and a kind of self-indulgence, Bourdieu sought ...

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